We will be meeting on December 2nd, 2017 at 1PM at the Lilly Library in Florence, Mass for a presentation by Wayne Limberger on the Golden Dawn and their contribution to historical and modern tarot. This is an important exploration for anyone who is serious about their study of the tarot. Tarot is not just a tool, it is a system that has persisted for hundreds of years for a reason. I encourage all tarot practitioners and explorers to make time for this session, And I would like to thank Wayne for putting it together. (Jill)
The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn was a British esoteric society that existed in its original form for approximately fifteen years at the end of the19th Century (1887-1903). Although their main focus was the study and practice of various occult disciplines, they were responsible for laying much of the groundwork for modern tarot decks, including those of Arthur Edward Waite and Aleister Crowley, and for furthering the use of the tarot in divination. Beside the development of a comprehensive set of keyword meanings, the Golden Dawn’s chief contributions to tarot were the system of occult correspondences for the cards based on numerology, astrology, mythology, qabalah and color symbolism, and the comparative method of Elemental Dignities. We will cover a brief history of the Order and its luminaries, and then explore its signature tarot spread, the Opening of the Key. Bring a Thoth or Golden Dawn deck for the exercise if you have one, although any RWS deck will do.